Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 13, 2019

photo: Andrew Warner (Bret Jacomet photo)

It was a full slate 5-4 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system as both Dominican Summer League squads posted wins, in addition to Memphis, Springfield, and State College. Andrew Warner is Player of the Day, with three hits, including the game-winning two-run homer for the Spikes.

Results for games played Monday, August 12th.

Memphis 6 at Fresno 4

Mike Mayers (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis improved to 55-65 on the year, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to domesticate the Grizzlies by a 6-4 final at Fresno. There were positive hitting performances up and down the lineup, as the batters combined for 10 hits but only one for extra bases — a Ramon Urias double. Players reaching base multiple times included Joe Hudson (two walks), flycatchers Jose Adolis Garcia and Justin Williams with a single and free pass apiece, and Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo with two singles each. No one had more than one RBI.

Starter Austin Warner went five innings for the victory, allowing three runs on seven hits while fanning eight and handing out just one base on balls. The 25-year-old lefty lowered his Memphis ERA to 6.70 in eight starts. Kodi Whitley and Mike Mayers combined for the stellar final three frames, conceding just a harmless single between them. Mayers fanned two in his inning of work.

Tuesday’s game: at Fresno, Genesis Cabrera (4-5, 6.22) 9:05 CT.

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 2

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

Somehow scoring five runs on only five singles, Springfield (24-26) won their third straight game Monday evening, beating Tulsa 5-2 on the road. Starter and winner Johan Oviedo bounced back from his awful previous outing, grinding out six one-run innings. The strapping 21-year-old Cuban — who helped his own cause by picking a runner off first base — whiffed eight and walked four, and now has 67 strikeouts in 54 second-half innings. Ronnie Williams was the only reliever to distinguish himself, closing the game with a spotless frame and two Drillers downed on strikes.

Connor Capel had two hits to lead the S-Cards, and the left fielder also plated a pair. Center fielder and leadoff man Dylan Carlson went 0-for-2 but walked three times and stole two bases without being nabbed. With those steals, Carlson is now in the top ten in every Texas League statistical category except earned run average. (He is presently first in homers, sixth in both doubles and triples, and seventh in steals. And of course much, much more.)

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Alex FaGalde (3-2, 2.05), 7:05 CT.

Tampa 5, Palm Beach 1

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach was held to three hits on Monday in falling 5-1 to the Tarpons and dropping to 18-34 for the second half. First baseman Luken Baker was the nearest thing to a hitting star, as he tripled for his team’s only extra base knock and drew a base on balls. The other hits were recorded by outfielders Chase Pinder and Scott Hurst, who each singled and walked. Top prospect Nolan Gorman doffed a golden sombrero to start his week.

Righty Edgar Gonzalez was the starter and loser, allowing four runs and falling to 6-14 on the season. The 22-year-old did fan seven over 5 2/3 innings before handing off to Cole Aker for one hitter (strikeout) and Leonardo Taveras, who whiffed four men while twirling two innings of one-hit baseball, but walked three and permitted a run.

Tuesday’s game: at Tampa, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.

Clinton 7 at Peoria 0

Wilfredo Periera (Robert Kell)

Mustering two hits, Peoria fell to 14-36 with a 7-0 home blanking at the hands of the LumberKings Monday afternoon. Pitching on regular rest after his 87-pitch effort last time out, converted reliever Parker Kelly was shelled again, surrendering six runs on seven hits (including two homers and two doubles). The righty has now allowed 12 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings after permitting just seven tallies over the previous 42 stanzas. Panamanian righty Wilfredo Pereira continued to pitch well since his promotion from the Appalachian League, tossing 3 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on four singles.

Second baseman Brendan Donovan and designated hitter Josh Shaw each had a single for the Chiefs. No one drew a walk, no double plays were turned, no outfielders gunned a runner, and no bases were pilfered. Kelly committed a throwing error on a pickoff.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria has a scheduled off day on Tuesday.

State College 4 at Williamsport 2

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

State College made it back to .500 with a 4-2 win at the Crosscutters on Monday, scoring a pair in the eighth and hanging on to improve to 28-28 on the season. Andrew Warner led the State College attack, homering once and singling twice. The 23-year-old designated hitter scored one and drove in two — on the decisive homer in the eighth inning. Shortstop Moises Castillo contributed the only other multi-hit game with a pair of singles, and first baseman Dariel Gomez doubled for his club’s other extra base hit.

Starter Enmanuel Solano settled for a no decision despite throwing six strong innings. The unlucky 20-year-old righty yielded one earned run on five singles and three walks, while fanning five and picking off two baserunners. Southpaw Fabian Blanco was the unquestioned pitching star of the evening, however, as he authored three perfect innings and fanned four Williamsport hitters.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Williamsport, Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.57) 6:05 CT.

Princeton 4 at Johnson City 2

Diomedes Del Rio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Accruing only four hits, Johnson City (27-25) fell at home to the Rays by the score of 4-2 on Monday night. Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio did his bit by homering and recording an outfield assist, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Center fielder William Jimenez was the only J-Card to reach safely twice, singling and drawing a free pass, while hot-hitting third sacker Malcom Nunez was cooled off with an 0-for-3 evening.

Righty Jake Sommers was the starter and loser, backsliding after a dynamic previous start. The 22-year-old allowed four runs on five hits, including a longball. He struck out five and walked a pair. Righties Francisco Justo and converted outfielder Blake Drake each tossed two scoreless stanzas with Justo permitting the only baserunners (two walks and a single). Drake fanned one and Justo a pair.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Princeton, Jose Moreno (3-3, 8.12) 5:30 CT.

GCL Marlins 9, GCL Cardinals 2

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals settled for just five singles (is this sounding familiar?) in losing 9-2 on Monday to the home GCL Marlins, and sliding to 18-23 on the year. Righty Ludwin Jimenez took the loss despite allowing just two singles himself over 5 2/3 innings. Simply put, the just-turned-18-year-old was undone by the base on balls and bullpen, walking six hitters while striking out the same, and surrendering three runs on the day — all three being on base with two outs when he departed. Righty Anthony Trompiz not only permitted a bases-clearing double to undo Jimenez’ line, he then went on to cough up six runs of his own over 1 2/3 innings. Trompiz was charged with a blown save, and nothing could be more appropriate.

Left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos had his first multi-hit game in four weeks, going 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Gulf Cards offense. Reaching twice was second sacker Pablo Gomez (walk, plunk) as well as right fielder Patrick Romeri and designated hitter Diowill Burgos, who each walked and singled. Romeri and Burgos each stole a base too, the third for the former and first for the latter.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 9:00 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL D-backs2 5

Falling behind early but fighting back late, the DSL Cardinals Red team raised their record to 25-36 with an 8-5 home decision over the DSL D-backs2 affiliate Monday morning. There was plenty of hitting while the Red rallied from a 3-1 hole, as four batters reached safely at least three times. Catcher Jesus Orecchia led the way with two singles, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. Walking twice and singling were designated hitter Miguel Marcos and first baseman Luis Andujar, and left fielder Claudio Ramirez worked a walk and singled twice.

Hancel Rincon provided five solid innings, yielding four singles and one walk, but three unearned runs. The 17-year-old righty did lower his ERA to 3.83 for the year, after struggling early in the season with six earned over his first 7 1/3 frames. Augusto Calderon starred out of the pen, fanning five in just 2 1/3 innings. The 18-year-old Dominican gave up two hits and an unearned run on this day.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 2

The Cardinals Blue squad continued to run roughshod over their DSL opponents, trouncing the Twins 8-2 on the road Monday morning and running their record to 36-17. Starter Reinys Portillo fashioned four sturdy innings, surrendering only one earned run while whiffing five men. The 18-year-old Venezuelan righty improved his ERA to 3.19 on the season. The bullpen gave up nothing of consequence as Allinson Benitez, Nelson Prada, and Dionys Rodriguez combined to concede no runs on three knocks and three walks.

Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar had a career-best seven total bases (double, triple, two singles) to spearhead the Blue assault. His keystone partner Elvin De Jesus nearly matched him with a single, double, and triple of his own, as well as a base on balls. The 17-year-old De Jesus has now hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, during which time he’s raised his OPS from .593 to .753. Third baseman Brandon Hernandez doubled twice as the only other Blue batter with multiple hits.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Rockies, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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